Definition of Anoplura in English:

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Anoplura

Pronunciation: /ˌanə(ʊ)ˈplʊərə/

plural noun

Entomology
An order of insects that comprises the sucking lice. Also called Siphunculata. See also Phthiraptera.
Example sentences
  • Up to date, no Anoplura of this family of Carnivora were known in Argentina.
  • The Anoplura have, so far as is known, no insects which are parasitic upon them and probably very few enemies, except their hosts.
  • This is a sucking louse, order Anoplura, and is a blood feeder on mammals.

Derivatives

anopluran

noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Three types of anoplurans parasitize human beings, the head louse, the body louse and the pubic louse.
  • The sucking lice or the anoplurans have mouthparts fitted for piercing and sucking.
  • The tarsi of anoplurans consist of a large claw and a process that acts like a thumb.

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from anoplos 'unarmed' + oura 'tail'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Ano|plura

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